In the next six months he will not only have to bring governance back on the rails, pacify his restive legislators but he will also need to negotiate the complicated caste equations Manjhi has unleashed during his stint as chief minister.
With the Delhi poll debacle delivering the first major setback to the BJP since its LS election victory, the top leadership did not want to meddle in the ongoing power struggle in the JD(U) in Bihar.
In a fresh twist to the continuing political drama in Bihar, the state's aspiring chief minister Nitish Kumar paraded his lawmakers before the President in New Delhi on Wednesday to demand that he be allowed to take oath "without wasting any time".
Jitan Manjhi's latest moves have landed Nitish in a constitutional pickle. On Sunday, Manjhi even met Nitish's most bitter rival in politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi to make his case.
The political conflict continuing for the past three days in Bihar reached a climax on Saturday when Jitan Ram Manjhi was sacked as Bihar CM.
Barely eight months out of office, Nitish Kumar seems to have gone desperate to get back his old job somehow and as quick as possible as a chain of recent developments indicate.
he BJP, primarily identified with upper castes, wants to build rapport with other castes down the social ladder too. It did so effectively in the general election last year by courting leaders of smaller caste-based parties.
It's Nitish Kumar the Narendra Modi-led BJP would have loved to take on with its full might in the assembly polls in Bihar later this year. After all, both Modi and the BJP have old scores to settle with the JD(U) supremo.
Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar may have discovered the best possible answer to the BJP in Bihar, but there's one man who can spoil their game.
To Nitish Kumar's discomfiture, the puppet has assumed a life of its own and is no more ready to respond to the master's calls. Manjhi is turning out smarter than he expected.
The tussle began recently when Manjhi sought to come out of the shadow of his predecessor Nitish Kumar and began calling the shots.
Although Gandhi Maidan, which has the capacity to accommodate around 4.5-5 lakh people, was filled to the brim, only three gates out of its total nine had been kept in use by the local administration whereas the rest were locked.
Even though the BJP candidates have been declared elected on four seats out of the 10 that went to the polls, only one is a convincing victory.
The stakes were quite high for the BJP, given that it had won six out of the 10 seats in the last assembly polls. In this by-poll, the result was reversed.
Both Nitish and Lalu are keen on recreating the Mandal magic which propelled them to political prominence in the early 1990s.
It’s a full-grown battle between Nitish and Sharad in Bihar with the rebels lending their support to their party’s national chief against the former.
When Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad decided to bury their 20-year long rivalry it created a flutter in the political circles.
The most important reason is that Nitish finds his position in the party, which has been under threat in recent times, safe with a low-profile, non-assertive, unambitious Dalit leader as CM
Nitish Kumar's defeat was a foregone conclusion given his moves prior to the elections. He was politically isolated with no allies to fall back upon. He could no more boast of development and he had no caste engineering to lean on.